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Come out and cheer on the top 101 teams competing for the title of National Champion in the world’s largest rocket contest: the Team America Rocketry Challenge! This year’s national finals, taking place on May 18th, 2019, is themed around the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket carrying three raw egg in a capsule to an altitude of 856 feet and return it to ground with the eggs intact within 43-46 seconds.

The winner of the National Finals will go on to represent the United States in the International Rocketry Challenge, taking place at the Paris Airshow!

Food vendors will be available onsite for members of the public.

All parking is free.

WHAT: The Team America Rocketry Challenge National Finals
WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Great Meadow Foundation, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA 20198

Great Meadow Rules:

  • No cooking devices (Grills, gas stoves, etc.) are allowed
  • Coolers are OK
  • Glass bottles are not permitted
  • Drone flying is not permitted
  • Dogs are not permitted (Service animals exempted)

Schedule of Events

8:15 AM – 8:30 AMOpening Ceremonies
8:30 AM – 12:15 PMFirst Round Team Launches
9:00 AM – 4:00 PMExhibit Area Open
10:00 AM – 3:00 PMTeam Rocket-Building Competition (Exhibit Area) – sponsored by Lockheed Martin
10:30 AM – 2:00 PM Team Presentation Competition (Spring House)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PMLunch for Contestants – sponsored by Raytheon
12:45 PMNAR Apollo 11 Commemorative Rocket Demonstration – sponsored by Raytheon
1:15 PMAnnouncement of Top 42 Teams for the Final Fly-off
2:15 PM – 4:00 PMIce Cream Social – sponsored by Raytheon
2:30 PM – 4:00 PMTop 42 Teams Second Round of Launches
3:00 PM – 5:00 PMVIP Reception (Membership House) sponsored by Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Ducommun, Elbit Systems of America, Harris, and L3
4:15 PM – 4:45 PMNAR High Power Rocket Demonstration – sponsored by Raytheon
5:00 PMExhibit Area Closes
5:00 PM – 6:00 PMAward Ceremony (Dinner tent)